An onlooker holds on to his hat as waves crash into the pilings of the Oceanana Fishing Pier in Atlantic Beach Thursday as Tropical Storm Elsa moves through Carteret County. The storm brought to the state heavy rainfall and maximum sustained winds of near 45 mph as it accelerated toward the northeast. Photo: Dylan Ray
Drought conditions and flooding are possible in North Carolina at the same time, but this apparent paradox isn’t as absurd as it may seem.
Crews from the state Department of Transportation and a North Carolina contract company completed cleanup from a tornado that hit Brunswick County in mid-February.
A statewide tornado drill is planned for 9:30 a.m. Wednesday as part of Severe Weather Preparedness Week, which begins Sunday and ends March 13.
The National Weather Service said the tornado that struck southwestern Brunswick County late Monday caused three fatalities and reached wind speeds of up to 160 mph.
Brunswick County confirmed three fatalities and 10 injuries associated with a potential tornado Tuesday morning in the Ocean Isle Beach area, the south end of the county.